Storage shelves

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Project by Derek Lyons posted 02-25-2009 07:57 AM 7360 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is actually a project from 2007 that I’ve been meaning to post for a while.

This is the storage room for household and holiday stuff off the east end of my garage/shop. I sized the shelf spacing to hold two of the larger tubs, or three of the smaller, stacked. Not all the tubs are in place in this picture, but I went ahead and spent the big $$$ and got a enough tubs to fill the entire structure – so that in five or ten years when I need more tubs I don’t discover the SOB’s have changed sizes on me.

The shelves were built in three sections. The two end ones are identical, four legs with the frame of the shelf wrapped around and bolted to them, and then the sections were then moved into place and attached to the studs with lag bolts. The center section shelves were then cut to precisely fit between the end sections and bolted to the wall and adjacent shelves. 1/2” plywood was then laid over each section of framing.

The bottom shelf is up off the ground because the foundation wall comes up 8” from the floor, and in case the garage ever floods (which is why the uprights are pressure treated lumber). This turned out to be a wise decision as less than four months later the garage did flood during freakishly high rains. Only about 2”, but that could have been a serious problem had the lowest shelf been sitting on the floor. There should be less of a chance of this happening in the future as I’ve dug drainage trenches and will put in a proper drain system this summer for the area that ponds during very high rains.

Needless to say, today the storage room doesn’t look nearly this neat between the refrigerator, freezer, and all the stuff moved out of the garage as I convert it into a workshop.

Mar 15 2010 Update: Finally had a chance to get decent photographs of the past project whose design inspired this one:

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-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Gary Fixler

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#1 posted 02-25-2009 12:11 PM

Smart idea picking up the bulk tubs. I had 3 big stacking tupperware drawers that were a bit in my way, so I gave one away. A year or two later I built a small shed to hold lumber, with little stalls for 2×4 sheet and cutoffs. The drawers fit pretty perfectly in one, and held smaller cutoffs. I needed one more, but couldn’t find it, then remembered. I cannot find that style again anywhere I’ve looked online or off. I think they were from IKEA, but they always roll out products and replace them. Oh well. Time to build custom drawers that fill the space even better! :)

SO MUCH STORAGE SPACE you have there. Just wonderful. Nicely done.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 02-25-2009 07:40 PM

I’m jealous!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 02-25-2009 09:43 PM

Derk, Nice storage solution. Like the idea of buying all uniform tubs in advance, The ones we have are mostly the same size but not quite…
Gotta love those new and improved things.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 10-22-2009 11:49 AM

Simple, effective, cost efficient, and neat. All the elements of a good storage solution.

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 07:40 AM

Great use of the wall space… nice design… lots of totes to fill up…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Derek Lyons

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#6 posted 03-15-2010 10:33 PM

Updated to add a link to the past project that inspired the design of these shelves.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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